Thornbury High School will soon have six new competition standard netball courts, ensuring nobody is turned away from playing the game they love.

Minister for Sport John Eren broke ground on the project today, made possible thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Inner City Netball Program.

The school currently has three old multi-use courts which are not compliant for netball competitions.

These courts will be upgraded to competition standard, with lighting to give local clubs greater flexibility to schedule more training sessions and matches.

In addition, three new all-weather synthetic courts will be built to create a netball hub for school students and the wider community.

The courts will also be line marked to accommodate other sports such as tennis, basketball and futsal.

The new courts are much needed, with population growth in recent years leading to a shortage of court space.

That’s why the Labor Government is building more courts to accommodate this growth through the $9.6 million Inner City Netball Program – encouraging even more locals to get involved and get active.

This comes on top of the Labor Government’s biggest investment in women’s and community sport in the state’s history.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest $241.6 million in community sport, including more than $100 million to improve facilities and access for women.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“These six new courts at Thornbury High will give the community the space they need to grow their clubs and welcome more members than ever before.”    

“Labor’s Inner City Netball Program will provide a real boost for local clubs struggling to find space for the growing numbers of girls and women taking up netball.”      

Quote attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Jenny Mikakos   

“We know that building modern facilities like these courts is an important way to boost participation for local women and girls – and we’re delighted to get this work started.”